Barry Kent MacKayArt by Barry Kent MacKay
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In this section are copies of original works of art. All of them are dedicated to helping us live according to unconditional love and compassion, which is the foundation of our peaceful means of bringing true and lasting peace to all of God's creatures, whether they are human beings or other animals.

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

One of the joys of painting is that the artist can choose situations and angles that would be difficult or even impossible for a photographer to achieve. The idea is not to make a literal image but rather to indicate what is happening, in this case when a Double-crested Cormorant, swimming on the surface of the water, ducks his head under to look for fish. This practice is often seen with loons and mergansers, as well. I tried to show a fish-eye view, looking up at the bird from below the water. Cormorants sit low in the water, and their tails are often submerged, as I have shown here. I used spray paint to create the blue, halo-like effect around the bird, and painted the bird and fish with gouache watercolours, on paper. 

Please read Why People Kill Cormorants.

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